Bin collection days changed on 13 February 2017. Waste collection changes and garden waste collection charge.


Next bin day

Enter your postcode to look up your collection dates.

Your grey bin is for general waste; your red bin is for things you can recycle. You may also have a green bin for garden waste - see our garden waste page for more information. We also collect and recycle your small electrical or battery powered items. If you need an extra recycling bin you can order one here free of charge.


We collect your grey and red bins once a fortnight on alternate weeks. We collect green bins once a fortnight. Please place your bin, bag or box at the boundary of your property by 7am on the day of collection otherwise we won't be able to empty it. Contact us if you have trouble moving your bin because of your age or an illness or disability.

All bin lids are required to be down for collection. Any waste not contained within the bin with the lid closed and left as excess at the side of the bin will not be collected. 

Recyclable waste should be placed loose in the recycling bins, not in carrier or black bags. Recycling bins containing items that cannot be recycled will not be emptied until the next collection and only if the items are removed. 

Waste Operations Service Standards Policy

What can I put in my bin?

Bin TypeYes pleaseNo thank you

General rubbish (usually grey)

Non-recyclable rubbish, including hygiene waste (incontinence articles, catheters etc.)

Hazardous waste

Trade waste

Other clinical waste

Recycling (usually red)

Paper and card

Tins and cans (rinsed)

Plastic bottles (no lids)

Empty aerosol cans

Shredded paper (must be contained in a small cardboard box or envelope)


Plastic bags and wrappers

Other plastic containers (for example, yoghurt pots)

Glass bottles

Any other items

Green bin or bag

Grass and hedge cuttings

Leaves, plants and weeds

Untreated wood and branches up to 100mm thick

Turf and soil in small amounts

Food waste (including fruit and vegetables)

Treated wood

Large amounts of turf or soil

Garden furniture

Pet bedding or litter

Gravel or rubble

Trade waste (including waste from a gardener or other contractor working on your property)

Plastic bags and wrappers

Small electrical item collections

Put your item in a carrier bag next to your red recycling bin on your recycling collection day. We will collect one bag per collection. We  only take items under 30cm x 24cm, for example kettles, toasters, irons, hair dryers, radios and small power tools. No large items, white goods, printers, items with screens, microwaves or light bulbs. Please take these to the Household Waste Recycling Centre (the tip) or arrange a bulky waste collection. If the item is in good working condition you could consider selling it or donating it to charity. 

Missed bins

You can report a missed bin online. You must report your missed bin by 5pm on the working day following your scheduled collection day.

The Recycling Centre (the tip)

You can find the tip on Google Maps. There is also information about what you can take to the tip and its opening hours. Use our recycling bank locator to find out where to take recycling.

All residents in Reading, Bracknell Forest and Wokingham have been issued with a permit to use the tip. If you live in Reading Borough and haven't received your permit or you are new to the area, you can apply for a new one. We accept ID with proof of address for any re3 residents who want to use the recycling centre while awaiting a permit.

Changes to the re3 recycling centres from 30th September 2016

Commercial and Commercial-type vehicle permits

Residents wishing to visit the re3 recycling centres in a commercial or commercial-type vehicle will require a permit for every visit. These are free.

Apply for a commercial or commercial-type vehicle waste permit.

More information, including a list of the vehicles included in the scheme, is available from re3's Waste Acceptance Policy.

Charges for some non-household waste

The following items of non-household waste incur  a charge when brought to a re3 recycling centre for disposal:

  • Soil and rubble
  • Plasterboard
  • Asbestos
  • Gas bottles

All vehicles will be checked for chargeable waste on arrival. 

re3 area residents can still dispose of all other household waste free of charge at the recycling centres.

More information, including a list of charges, can be found on

New bins

If your grey or red bin has gone missing or is damaged, you will need to order a new bin. We will deliver it in 15 to 20 working days. Contact us if you think you need a large grey bin.

Garden waste collection information

New bin type


Grey bin


Red bin


Green bin


Garden waste sack


Garden waste collection service (from 1 April 2017)

See garden waste page for more information

£50 for bins

£15 for bags

Special or bulky waste

You can arrange for us to collect large items by calling 0118 937 3787 . 

Number of items


Concessionary YRP holders

Fridges or freezers (maximum of two per collection)£36 each £27 each

We charge £10 if you cancel your collection with less than three working days' notice.

If you have more than 5 items, or any very large/heavy items, you can call us on 0118 9373787 to arrange a quote for collection. Please note we do not carry out house or garden clearances.

If your unwanted item is in good condition, why not donate it to a charity or advertise it on a reuse website like Freecycle or Freegle.

We do not collect hazardous waste

We do collect:

  • Furniture - for example, wardrobes, beds, bookcases or sofas
  • Bicycles and exercise equipment
  • Garden equipment, toys and furniture
  • Large kitchen equipment - for example, washing machines, cookers or dishwashers
  • Smaller electrical equipment - for example, microwaves, monitors, computer bases or vacuum cleaners
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